I would never have guessed that a live band at a private party last weekend would turn out to be the best music experience of the summer. To me it sounded like typical techno, but with one important difference: They didnât use synthesizers and computers. Instead the five-man band played electric guitar, drums, two bass guitars (!) and organ. The music wasnât new and the instruments are actually quite old, but the combination! It was techno with a nerve and a presence that at least I donât associate with that genre and the audience was spellbound.
In The Medici Effect it is described how music composer Mike Oldfield put himself in the avant-garde in the seventies partly by using instruments and arrangements in genre contexts where we donât usually hear them. When I heard the live performance last Saturday it struck me how powerful this method is when it comes to creating something fresh and unique in the field of music, and for skilled musicians that intersection is always within reach.
On Youtube, which is a seemingly unlimited source of things you never expected to see, this duo shows how they take advantage of this possibility. A violinist or a DJ would have to do something quite spectacular to be âviewedâ 285,000 times but this combination of a violinist AND a DJ really deserves the attention. Enjoy!